ESPN canceled its newest sports talk show after only one episode


ESPN canceled its newest sports talk show after just one episode after the website the show is associated with faced allegations of misogyny.

The show was "Barstool Van Talk," hosted by Dan Katz (aka Big Cat) and the pseudonymous PFT Commenter. Their popular sports podcast, "Pardon My Take," is produced by the website Barstool Sports.

If the show's first episode was any indication, ESPN seemed to be hoping to channel the podcast's notoriously irreverent humor.

Despite this, ESPN President John Skipper canceled the show less than a week after its first episode aired. In a statement, Skipper said he "erred in thinking we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content."

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It's pretty clear what Skipper is alluding to here: Barstool Sports' website has faced criticism for being misogynistic in tone, especially when addressing women in sports media. 

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Dave Portnoy visits at SiriusXM Studios on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Dave Portnoy, Founder of Barstool Sports, onstage at The Barstool Party 2017 on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Barstool Sports)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 554 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dave Portnoy, host of Barstool Sports, talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on July 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
MILTON - SEPTEMBER 25: Dave Portnoy is the publisher of Barstool Sports empire which he puts out his Milton office. He and his blogger/vlogger Jenna Mourey were photographed at his office on February 25, 2011. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy looks on prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: David Portnoy attends the SiriusXM's Private Show with Guns N' Roses at The Apollo Theater before band embarks on next leg of its North American 'Not In This Lifetime' Tour on July 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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A day before the Barstool Van Talk's premiere, ESPN reporter and studio host Sam Ponder tweeted out a screenshot of a Barstool Sports post about her from 2014. The profane post said her job as a sideline reporter only existed to arouse male viewers.

ESPN's vice president of programming and scheduling responded to Ponder, saying the post was "offensive and inappropriate," but that "we do not control the content of Barstool Sports."

At the time it appeared ESPN was trying to separate the Barstool content seen on TV and the rest of what appears under the Barstool Sports umbrella. Now, though, it looks like they've thrown in the towel.

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